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McKenna: After struggling with Ayr I don?t think I could have ever dreamt about the position I am in now

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McKenna: After struggling with Ayr I don?t think I could have ever dreamt about the position I am in now McKenna: After struggling with Ayr I don?t think I could have ever dreamt about the position I am in now

McKenna: After struggling with Ayr I don?t think I could have ever dreamt about the position I am in now

What a difference a year makes. This time in 2017 Scott McKenna couldn?t get a game on loan for relegation-doomed Ayr and was worried about his future at Pittodrie.
On March 4 last year the centre-back was sent off in a Scottish Cup tie for Ayr against Hibs, and after that red card couldn?t get back into the team of a club that were dropped into League One.
A summer loan spell to Livingston fell through and the 21-year-old, out of contract in 2018, feared for his future.
Now he is one of Scotland?s hottest properties with a first senior international call-up expected when Alex McLeish names his squad on Monday.
Aberdeen also rejected four bids from Hull City for the defender in January ? with the final approach in excess of the £1 million mark.
In a remarkable ascent McKenna also this week signed a two-year extension tying him to Pittodrie until summer 2023. That came rapidly on the back of signing a deal in October until 2021.
McKenna accepts it has got ?better and better? since he made his first team break-through in the 1-0 win at Motherwell last September.
However, he will not get carried away by his ascent and will not lose his focus.
McKenna is grounded because his spell at part-time Ayr showed him how privileged the life of a pro footballer is in comparison to those who have to graft in day jobs before playing.
He said: ?The season keeps getting better and better and I just hope that continues
?I don?t think I could have ever dreamt about the position that I am in now.
?At the start of the season I had a year left on my deal and wasn?t playing football, so I was worried if I was even going to be here. ?My target was just to get a couple of first-team games but now I have 20 or so which is more than I hoped for.?
Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna in action.
McKenna was drafted into the starting line-up at Fir Park just days after the Reds had been beaten 3-0 at the venue in the League Cup quarter-final.
He grabbed the opportunity and has not looked back.
McKenna realises the importance of making the utmost of his career and not taking anything for granted after two spells in the lower leagues with Ayr and Alloa.
He said: ?At Ayr I was sent off against HIbs in the quarter -final of the Scottish cup and never played again for the rest of the season.
?Apart from playing for the U20 games back here with Aberdeen.
?Once I was out of the Ayr team I was out of the squad and wasn?t even making the bench.
?Eventually the loan just ended and I came back here. ?Ayr were part-time. It makes you want to remain in the full-time game for as long as you can.
?When you see boys out grafting all day on building sites then having to come in and train at night.
?Some of them were travelling an hour and a half to get to Ayr at night and not getting home until midnight.
?Then they are up at six the next morning to go into work again. Whereas we are lucky as we are in later on and finish earlier.
?When you see how hard they have to work during the day that motivat...


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